When one calls to mind army battledress, one might well envisage something sartorially (and also officially) ‘drab’. Something tough, hardwearing and practical. A ‘uniform’ in the true sense of the word. For aside from a stripe or a pip or a star here and there, there’s little to distinguish a Lieutenant-General from a Lance-Corporal on the modern battlefield.
Have a quick Google of Regency uniforms, however, and one is inclined to think, ‘Gosh’ then ‘How unusual’ then ‘Rather smart, though’ in that order. These uniforms, if they can be so called, were also tough, also practical - sort of; but one also gets the impression that Officers of old were keen to show the King’s enemies that, whatever the official result of the day’s blade-and-bullet affray, fine tailoring was possibly more than a matter of mere life-and-death. (Bravo, incidentally.)
It seems that they went to quite some effort to ensure that their uniforms made them stand out as well as fit in.
If one were to look out from on high over the City on a winter’s morning, one might suspect that business and business had undergone a similar change to that undergone by the army and its officers. Down at street level, however, one is reassured that tailoring is still highly prized and that the business uniform is anything but uniform. Hardwearing and practical though the city suit may be, the subtle skill of London’s tailors makes the best examples also exceptionally – even outstandingly - smart.
Which bring us to one of our own contributions to winter wear, one of which we are particularly proud: our wonderfully warm flannel and cashmere blend city suit. Made from twelve-ounce grey or navy worsted woven in one of Yorkshire’s most respected and long-established mills, it is tailored from our single-breasted block for a classic fit and has a canvassed chest-piece and working cuffs. With a contrast navy lining and pick-stitch detailing on the lapel, we feel it is as fine an example of outstanding understatement as you’ll find this side of the Peninsular War.